With just a few days to go before the curtain rises for the opening night of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior”, excitement is building for the young cast from Musicians Ltd. School of Music and Performing Arts.
Fifty talented students from both public and private schools across Cayman have been working tirelessly since January to deliver a performance that is certain to dazzle the audience.
Musical Director Janine Stabler says that she chose this lively show for its catchy songs and fast pace dance numbers that both young and old will know and love. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker, this story is set in a magical kingdom fathoms below where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.
Putting together a high-quality production is a costly undertaking, notes Janine.
Sponsorships and donations have helped to part fund the many areas required to produce a musical of this calibre, she adds, extending special thanks to the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education for once again supporting the islands’ school children. Rotary Central has also been tremendous in their support of the production this year, says Janine.
“We are extremely grateful for the backing of all our sponsors without whom the show would not be possible,” she says.
Part of the proceeds from the show will go towards the Musicians Ltd. Performing Arts and Instrumental Scholarship Programs for Caymanian children with ambition, talent and a need for financial assistance.
Building upon the sold out High School Musical production last year, Janine says that the company has added additional shows to meet the demands of expectant theatre goers.
Musicians Ltd. has a group of 19 musical theatre students performing at Disney World, Florida on Saturday, 22 June. This year’s trip also includes a Broadway Magic Musical Theatre Workshop for the students headed by Disney Broadway staff, which Janine says is exciting.
Students went through an audition process back in December and were selected to perform six song and dance numbers. More on this doozie in Weekenders yet to come, folks.
Little Mermaid show dates
Thursday, 23 May, and Friday, 24 May – 7pm.
Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 May – 3pm and 7pm.
Tickets are available at 525-6787 or [email protected]